Bid for Francophonie games needs more money
Earlier this week it was revealed that the price tag of les jeux de la Francophonie had jumped from $17 million to $130 million.
Published Thursday, February 14, 2019 8:11AM EST
Ottawa is urging the Quebec government to increase the amount of funds it's willing to devote to Sherbrooke's bid to host the 2021 Francophonie Games.
Quebec has committed to spending $17 million on the games, while the city of Sherbrooke is willing to spend $5.5 million.
The federal government says it will match the spending by the city and the province but with the total cost of the games estimated at $80 million, the province would need to more than double its contribution in order to cover expenses.
A press attaché for Francophonie Minister Melanie Joly said the games represent a "great opportunity."
"We offer matching funding to the other two levels, dollar for dollar. Quebec is a full member of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) and must be serious," said Jeremy Ghio.
On Wednesday Quebec's Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Nadine Girault, pledged $17 million for the games on Wednesday.
New Brunswick had won the bid to host the games, but pulled out when the estimated costs ballooned from $17 million to $130 million.